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Tech(k)nowday is an online conference, featuring over 200 women in tech and it is taking place on Monday 8th March. Not only that, it is FREE to attend so why not take a look at the program and see what interests you?

I recorded a short talk for them today, about how we are making some improvements to DrupalCon so that we can help people focus their participation on selected strategic initiatives of the Drupal project. I hope it is useful to people.

I'm also going to hang around here when my talk is broadcast and will happily answer any questions posted here as comments. 

Oh - and for those that find it useful, the slides are below:

Helping open source events have more impact - what we are up to at DrupalCon
Helping open source events have more impact - what we are up to at DrupalCon
Who is Rachel?
Who is Rachel?
Rachel is the Community Liaison for the Drupal Association
Rachel is the Community Liaison for the Drupal Association
But mainly, I just enjoy riding around the world on my motorbike
But mainly, I just enjoy riding around the world on my motorbike
What is Drupal?
What is Drupal?
Drupal is a web content framework that has been changing the world for the last 20 years. Barak Obama built his election campaign on Drupal, NASA tell us all about the Mars explorers using Drupal, all those New York subway train signs are powered by Drupal, and Tesla seem to do everything with Drupal!
Drupal is a web content framework that has been changing the world for the last 20 years. Barak Obama built his election campaign on Drupal, NASA tell us all about the Mars explorers using Drupal, all those New York subway train signs are powered by Drupal, and Tesla seem to do everything with Drupal!
Drupal is, above all, an open source community
Drupal is, above all, an open source community
And what's DrupalCon?
And what's DrupalCon?
It's a conference, just like this one! We have the opportunity to learn
It's a conference, just like this one! We have the opportunity to learn
We hear from key opinion leaders
We hear from key opinion leaders
Most importantly, we get to meet and network with our peers
Most importantly, we get to meet and network with our peers
And along came COVID-19...
And along came COVID-19...
No more travel!
No more travel!
Conferences went online, just like this one
Conferences went online, just like this one
But...
But...
It is far harder to concentrate for 8+ hours a day on a laptop screen than it is in a live audience
It is far harder to concentrate for 8+ hours a day on a laptop screen than it is in a live audience
Do we simply want to attend a conference or participate in it?
Do we simply want to attend a conference or participate in it?
Participation maintains people's attention more than simply passive attendance
Participation maintains people's attention more than simply passive attendance
We need focus if we are to create impact
We need focus if we are to create impact
We used to be quite random with what content we brought to DrupalCon
We used to be quite random with what content we brought to DrupalCon
Look at the strategic initiatives of the Drupal project and bring them right into the programming of the DrupalCon event
Look at the strategic initiatives of the Drupal project and bring them right into the programming of the DrupalCon event
Choose some strategic initiatives to focus on - one per day
Choose some strategic initiatives to focus on - one per day
Keynotes, a focus track, and guided participation
Keynotes, a focus track, and guided participation
We have a program of keynote, specially highlighted focus sessions, and a period of contribution for all for the latter part of the day
We have a program of keynote, specially highlighted focus sessions, and a period of contribution for all for the latter part of the day
We start each day with a keynote all about that day's initiative, by those actually making it happen
We start each day with a keynote all about that day's initiative, by those actually making it happen
Great speakers with sessions that progressively tell the story of the initiative
Great speakers with sessions that progressively tell the story of the initiative
And helping everyone, code or non-code, participate in the future of the initiative via mentored contribution
And helping everyone, code or non-code, participate in the future of the initiative via mentored contribution
What was the result of the change?
What was the result of the change?
Well, we don't know yet! People are excited about the changes but the proof will come on April 12
Well, we don't know yet! People are excited about the changes but the proof will come on April 12
and you can be part of it!
and you can be part of it!

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